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Vegan Baby Led Weaning for Vegans: 60 Plant-Based Recipes for Babies and Kids That Adults Will Love

Vegan Baby Led Weaning for Vegans: 60 Plant-Based Recipes for Babies and Kids That Adults Will Love

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Vegan Baby Led Weaning for Vegans: 60 Plant-Based Recipes for Babies and Kids That Adults Will Love

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Nov 10, 2016


Baby led weaning is choosing to feed your baby real, whole foods rather than pureeing food into traditional baby food. I learned about it when my daughter was 4 months old and it was the first time I’d ever heard of such a feeding style.

It freaked me out, but it also intrigued me. How could she possibly eat a whole pear without choking? I’d only ever seen parents spoon-feeding their babies from jars or homemade pureed steamed vegetables. Could it possibly be safe to let her pick up her own food and eat as much as she wanted?

But it struck a chord with me. I believe in real, whole vegan food and its power to transform a human. I wanted my child to love and respect healthy food without having an emotional attachment to it that caused her to overeat as an adult. It makes so much more sense for her to decide for herself how much to eat, rather than me randomly deciding she’s done.

It also turns out people have been feeding their children this way since time eternal. It’s actually more of a modern tradition to puree everything before giving it to a baby learning to eat.

After I read more about it, I dove right in. I found a few great books and websites about baby led feeding (a better term in my opinion as it really has nothing to do with actual weaning off breastmilk,) but I could not find much about people feeding just plant foods. I had to really research to make sure I gave her everything she needed and was balancing her diet well.

There was no book on Baby Led Weaning for Vegans, but now there is. This has 60 completely vegan recipes that you can serve to any age person, from 6 months on.
These are healthy recipes we use all the time and love and all can be whipped up in under an hour, from snacks and salads and soups to beans and patties and whole grain dishes.

Some of our favorites are PB&J smoothies, fettucine alfredo with shiitake bacon, and oozy vegan mac-n-cheese. Enjoy!

Nov 10, 2016

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Founder of and author of: Baby Led Weaning for Vegans Vegan Christmas Cookies Vegan Cooking for Beginners A Fresh New Vegan You Vegan Meal Plans for Fall and Winter Vegan Meal Plans for Spring and Summer The Vegan Bread Box

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Vegan Baby Led Weaning for Vegans - Cathleen Woods


Hi! I’m Cathleen, the mom, cook, writer, and photographer behind the Vegan Momma website and facebook group.

Baby led weaning was the perfect way for us to feed our daughter and it’s what I recommend to all my friends who are starting out feeding their babies.

Why spoon-feed purees when you can let your child explore and feed themselves on real, whole food? This method is not only easier on the parents, but it’s what I think is best for our children long-term.

One of the best things you can do for your children is give them an amazing head start with healthy food. When you start them out with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, and nuts and seeds, their taste buds not only accept the new flavors, but absolutely love those foods.

I hope you love this guide to vegan baby led weaning as much as I loved writing it for you!

For more recipes, please visit Vegan Momma



First Foods





Whole Grains & Pasta

Beans & Patties

Dips and Dressings


Recipe Index

When I was a brand new parent, there was little about which I felt completely confident. There are dozens of subconscious decisions that you make daily that at first feel monumental. I remember holding my perfect newborn and feeling almost paralyzed with the fear that any one of those choices would lead us down a new path and wondering if it would create the best version of my baby possible.

The intensity of that new responsibility was overwhelming, but it relaxed over time as she got older and I knew I could never be anywhere close to perfect in my parenting. All I could really do was educate myself on different options and go with my gut.

One of the very best decisions we made, and one that was instinctive and simple for me, was how she would eat. I knew I wanted her to be open-minded about food, able to eat in restaurants without major embarrassment, and to be in charge of how much she ate.

Those were my objectives before having kids, and as with many of those judgments we make when watching new parents as non-parents ourselves, it doesn’t always end up working out the way we want. One of my favorite lines from Sex and the City was when Charlotte and Trey tell each other the lie all expecting parents tell each other in order to procreate, that their children would be different. I can’t tell you how many things I thought I’d never do that I ended up doing, and often loving, when I was finally a parent.

But food was different. It was remarkably simple for me. And calm; without struggle.

One of the main reasons for this is because I learned about a method of feeding children called Baby Led Weaning. It’s kind of a silly name as it has nothing to do with weaning.

My daughter is almost three and isn’t weaned. A more appropriate title would be Baby Led Eating.

I didn’t have a ton of experience watching mothers feed their children, and all I was used to seeing was this frenetic pureeing and spoon-feeding dance between parent and child. That progressed to the cutting into tiny pieces of food and then shortly thereafter to the chicken nuggets and plain pasta phase, often accompanied by a parent cooking a second meal for their child.

I read about Baby Led Weaning and parents feeding their babies what they were eating for dinner and it was a light bulb moment for me. YES! That’s exactly what I’d wanted. I wanted my children to love food in the same way I do and I didn’t want to create food challenges in my children that manifested in aversions or worse, disorders, as adults.

I would be in charge of what and where they ate, and they would be in charge of how much. I hope that later in life this means they will choose the what and where in a healthy way.

The basic premise of Baby Led Weaning is that you give your baby real food and over a period of many months they learn how to get it to their mouth, chew it (even without teeth), put it to the back of their mouth, and swallow it.

Yes, the swallow it is the part that gave me pause too. Wouldn’t this put her at bigger risk of choking? There is nothing scarier in life than the prospect of your child in that type of danger, especially if it’s a choice you’re making that puts her in that position.

From what I read, children who eat this way are actually less likely to choke than a child fed purees because when you eat a puree you suck and swallow rather than chew, so when they transition to those tiny chunks of food they suddenly have to manipulate their mouth in a different way. If they start with something that needs to be gummed they always know food needs to go down this way rather than slurped. I’ve heard from mothers who fed purees that there’s always a scary period of

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